The Business Council strongly supports this provision of the Governor’s 2012-13 Executive Budget, which would direct the Public Service Commission (PSC) to refrain from regulating the rates, terms and conditions on services delivered over Internet technologies such as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). The legislation does not prohibit the assessment of E-911 fees, telecommunications relay service fees, or federal or state Universal Service Fund fees on VoIP service.
The rates, terms and conditions of VoIP service, which has been offered in New York State since the early 2000’s, are currently not regulated. VoIP service is an optional service a customer may elect to take as an alternative to basic telephone service. Telephone service providers in New York operate under “